ko·​sher | \ ˈkō-shər How to pronounce kosher (audio) \

Definition of kosher

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : sanctioned by Jewish law especially : ritually fit for use kosher meat
b : selling or serving food ritually fit according to Jewish law a kosher restaurant
2 : being proper, acceptable, or satisfactory is the deal kosher?


koshered; koshering\ ˈkō-​sh(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce koshering (audio) \

Definition of kosher (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make kosher



Definition of kosher (Entry 3 of 3)

: the observance of kosher practices keep kosher

Examples of kosher in a Sentence

Adjective Something about this deal is just not kosher.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Place 4 to 5 lemon wedges inside chicken cavity, and sprinkle chicken all over with the remaining 2 teaspoons kosher salt. Diane J. Cho,, "Build Your Thanksgiving Menu with These Food & Cocktail Recipes from Your Favorite Celebs," 22 Nov. 2019 Variations Salted Chocolate Chunk Walnut Oatmeal Cookies Sprinkle the tops of the dough balls lightly with flaky sea salt, fleur de sel or kosher salt before baking. Los Angeles Times, "These hearty chocolate chunk cookies are what you need right now," 1 Oct. 2019 Season steaks on each side with kosher salt and pepper., "Recipe: Grilled Wagyu Rib-Eye Steak," 12 Aug. 2019 Add the breadcrumbs, eggs, feta cheese, garlic, oregano, dill, onion powder, kosher salt, red peppers, and pine nuts to the bowl. oregonlive, "This little meatloaf is jam packed with flavor," 19 Mar. 2019 Prior to the Holocaust, the Great Synagogue was also surrounded by a host of buildings, including other synagogues, a community council, kosher meat stalls, miqva’ot (ritual baths) and the famous Strashun rabbinical library. Fox News, "Hebrew inscriptions exposed for the first time since historic synagogue was destroyed in the Holocaust," 23 July 2019 To start, Chack will sell mostly bagel sandwiches and accouterments, such as flavored cream cheeses and marinated herring, that meet kosher dietary regulations. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Your complete guide to Louisville's Logan Street Market with 25+ vendors and restaurants," 5 June 2019 Pickled Red Onions: Combine 1 cup white distilled vinegar, 2 cups water, 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt and 1 teaspoon sugar in a small saucepan. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "The tea sandwich has returned, and it's modern and creative," 16 July 2019 Transfer ground spices to a bowl, add the chile powder, 2 teaspoons kosher salt and cinnamon, and stir to combine. Bibby Gignilliat, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: Party-perfect spicy chicken with chimichurri," 5 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One contains clothes, the others kosher steaks and cheese. Amie Ferris-rotman, WSJ, "A Rabbi Strives to Make His Corner of Siberia Kosher Again," 26 Feb. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Costco sold kosher hot dogs at food courts until 2009, but suppliers started to run low on beef. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Costco is going to extremes to keep its rotisserie chickens at $4.99," 11 Oct. 2019 The stall also serves corned beef, turkey or pastrami sandwiches ($12), kosher hot dogs wrapped in bologna ($6.50), coddies ($4) and cookies ($4). Sarah Meehan,, "We tried five new foods at Camden Yards. Here's what we thought.," 31 Mar. 2018 Cook's note: To make a sauce similar to Shack Sauce, mix ½ cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, ¾ teaspoon ketchup, ½ teaspoon kosher dill pickling brine and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "The best recipes of 2017 that wowed us over and over," 7 Jan. 2018 The kosher-style deli opened on State St. in the early 1960s and the current location opened in 1976. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Unique and beloved Madison restaurant Ella's Deli is closing," 3 Jan. 2018 Rub down the cavity between the skin and the breast with about 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, cover it with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it for a day or so. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "How Long Does It Take to Cook a Turkey?," 15 Nov. 2019 Smash each one with the side of a chef’s knife and smear it slightly with a sprinkling of kosher salt., "MAINS: Delfina’s Spaghetti Pomodoro," 14 Nov. 2019 All food items in the store, including the coffee and doughnuts, are kosher. Doreen Christensen,, "Bring on the bacon: Boca Raton Dunkin’ decides to ‘de-kosher’," 17 Oct. 2019 The Impossible Burger is also kosher, halal and gluten-free certified. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Looking for the Impossible Burger in Louisville? We made it possible," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of kosher


1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1871, in the meaning defined above


1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kosher

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

Yiddish, from Hebrew kāshēr fit, proper

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The first known use of kosher was in 1851

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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Kosher.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of kosher

: accepted by Jewish law as fit for eating or drinking
: selling or serving kosher food
informal : proper or acceptable


ko·​sher | \ ˈkō-shər How to pronounce kosher (audio) \

Kids Definition of kosher

1 : accepted by Jewish law as fit for use kosher food
2 : selling or serving food that is accepted as fit for use according to Jewish law a kosher restaurant

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